Friday, October 14, 2011

Gimp Day 2: Adventures in Garmin #fail!

Remember how the evil running gods sent me a Garmin 405 and injured me on the same day?

Well...I'm still injured (although feeling better each day.  est. time of running again is hopeful for Monday??? Gah.  Stab me now please.  It could honestly be 2 days or 2 weeks, no idea).   But...I still got to try the Garmin by doing...


Doing this meant I actually had to take the Garmin out of the box and learn how to use it. =)

I'm not a fan of reading instructions.
Most stuff you can figure out if you just fiddle around with it for a while.  While this philosophy has gotten me a lot of Frankenstein looking Ikea Furniture, I ain't changin'!

In the words of Rihanna, "I break the rules and I don't care".  :)

So this time, I turned the Garmin on and was greeted by a screen that said:

Kaipasin sinua paljon!

Actually that is "I missed you" in Finnish - thank you Google - but it totally looked like that. 

How did I JUST turn this on and already the language is wrong?

After a few button switches, I was back in America and ready to go on my bike ride.

The problem with the Garmin is there are some settings that set on default.  Such as the one that determines "running mode" and that my goal run is 3 miles at 9:15 pace.

No problem, I thought...I'll just bike and it'll record whatever I do.  Right?
Wrong.  The thing stopped me at 3 miles, beeping victory about 10 minutes into my ride.

Attempt 1  (Oh Hai 3 mile bike ride!)

I have no idea how to take this setting off, so instead I put the goal on "distance".  At least this way, it would allow me to bike for 27 minutes.

27 minutes later, the Garmin gave me a victory beep and stopped recording.

Gee thanks Monsieur 405.

Although...I gotta say...this thing is AWESOME.  It even knew exactly where I went biking.  No wonder y'all trust this thing more than the measured race distances ;-)  (I tease I tease..).

Any adventures you've had with the Garmin?  I am way excited to play this thing more, and even more excited to run with it when I'm better.

Happy Friday!


  1. I've had my 405 for about 2 years now and for some reason on my Wednesday run it beeped and said "approaching turn" at every.single.intersection. Needless to say...annoying....and I haven't figured out how to change it yet.

    But I do LOVE my 405!

  2. Ha! There are so many little features on the Garmin that I don't know about yet--but it is still amazing, even when I just use it for the basics!

  3. I've heard that 405 is loaded with features. To the point where it could take some time to actually know how to use it. I still don't know if I made the right call of 110 instead of 405. But I guess I'll get to see how it goes for you!

  4. haha...look now u're gonna be bilingual thanks to this thing! i'm totally the same way about directions, i usually look for pictures. ;)

    that said, i'm stoked u got one and can't wait to see wat fun u have with it! and keep on healing...ugh, this was a cruel twist of fate.